The Delta County Department of Health and Human Services is announcing that a human case of West Nile virus has been confirmed in a Delta County resident on July 1.
It is the first confirmed case of West Nile virus in Colorado this year, said county health officer Bonnie Koehler.
This comes almost a month earlier than the first Delta County West Nile virus case last year, which was reported on July 20, Koehler said.
The resident, a male, is from the Delta area of the county and was hospitalized in June.
Onset of symptoms was May 24. It is believed that exposure occurred while in Mesa County, Koehler said.
The Delta County Health Department is continuing to do surveillance on cases involving humans and horses, and collecting mosquito samples to determine the prevalence of the virus within the county.
Last year in Delta County there were a total of 35 human cases of West Nile virus and one fatality reported. There was one case in a Delta County resident and no fatalities in all of 2011.
The age range of the 2012 West Nile virus victims was 17 to 87. There were 16 males and 19 females who contracted the disease in all areas of the county: six in Surface Creek/Orchard City; 16 in the Delta area; and 13 in the North Fork Valley.
There were 28 cases of uncomplicated fever and seven hospitalizations.
The first 2012 case was reported on July 20 and the last case on Oct. 15. Disease onset was from July 9 through Sept. 13, the health department reports.
The public is encouraged to take preventative measures against the virus and "Fight the Bite!"
The following prevention tips are encouraged:
• Drain standing water on property.
• Dusk and dawn: Avoid being outdoors at this time when mosquito activity is high.
• DEET is an effective ingredient to look for in bug repellent.
• Dress in long sleeves and pants during dusk and dawn and in areas where mosquitoes are active.blog comments powered by Disqus